Sean Penn, currently traveling to Ukraine to make a documentary on the Russia-Ukraine war conflict, an actor who was a war character in the 1998 film The Thin Red Line, stated, “if you’ve been in Ukraine [fighting] has to cross your mind,” he told Hollywood Authentic on April 9.
Penn, a two-time Oscar winner in the midst of war, is willing to fight if necessary and is apparently not afraid of the imminent danger of being there.
The star, added to the same media outlet:
“And you kind of think what century is this? Because I was at the gas station in Brentwood the other day and I’m now thinking about taking up arms against Russia? What the [expletive] is going on?”
The actor continued, “The only possible reason for me staying in Ukraine longer last time would’ve been for me to be holding a rifle, probably without body armour, because as a foreigner, you would want to give that body armour to one of the civilian fighters who doesn’t have it or to a fighter with more skills than I have, or to a younger man or woman who could fight for longer or whatever.”
Penn, 61, traveled in Ukraine in November 2021, to work on a documentary, by Vice Studios, about the ongoing war conflict. The actor toured the eastern regions of the country and spoke with Ukrainian service personnel, according to Usa Today.
He also, at the time, shared a photo carrying his suitcase as he walked along the side of a road congested with cars trying to flee Ukraine .
“Myself & two colleagues walked miles to the Polish border after abandoning our car on the side of the road. Almost all the cars in this photo carry women & children only, most without any sign of luggage, and a car their only possession of value,” he tweeted.
The actor, after his arrival in November, dressed in combat fatigues while filming with his crew, also visited the President’s Office and spoke with the country’s deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, to give her his support, according to Newsweek.
On the other hand, Penn, in his recent statements to Hollywood Authentic, said that although he is not a journalist who had to spend months there, nor a soldier, he “no choice but someone who had no choice but to be there and live there”. However, he explained that his life was never at risk and recalled that he was not in danger when he was in Baghdad in 2003, because he was outside the Green Zone. “I was there for about five days. You probably had a one in 100 chance of getting killed.”
Penn apparently likes difficult scenarios, as in 2005 he was also photographed rescuing trapped people after Hurricane Katrina, the New York Post reported.
The actor during his latest interview also talked about his documentary and said it represents more than evidence, but can only “give hope,” Hollywood Authentic reported.
“People will argue this, and there’s a million debates that I understand, but long term, we don’t have any tangible evidence that documentaries really change anything. We just don’t.”